Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
17. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company’s corporate headquarters is located in Miami Beach, Florida. The Company currently leases space located at 1691 Michigan Avenue, Suite 601, Miami Beach Florida 33139. The lease was for a term of 39 months beginning on March 1, 2012 and ended May 31, 2015. Monthly lease payments were approximately $12,000 for a total of approximately $468,000 for the total term of the lease. The lease had been extended through August 1, 2015 at a cost of $13,928 per month. On July 31, 2015, the lease was further amended such that the amended lease term begins on August 1, 2015 and ends on September 30, 2018. Monthly lease payments are approximately $20,000 for a total of approximately $755,000 for the total term of the lease. Additionally, the Company had a three-year lease for an office in San Jose, California beginning on April 1, 2012 and ended April 30, 2015 with monthly lease payments of approximately $2,500 for a total of approximately $92,000 for the total term of the lease. The lease was extended to April 30, 2016 at a monthly rental cost of $3,009. The Company also has a five year sublease for office and warehouse space in Phoenix, Arizona beginning December 1, 2013 and ending November 30, 2018. On February 28, 2017, the Company vacated the Phoenix, Arizona space and has no further obligation in connection with the sublease.
The minimum future aggregate minimum lease payments, net of sublease income, for these leases based on their initial terms as of December 31, 2016 are:
Total rent expense, net of sublease income, for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 was $250,886 and $472,744, respectively, and is recorded in other operating expenses.
On July 28, 2016, the Company (“Sublandlord”) entered into a sublease agreement with Balance Labs, Inc. (“Subtenant”) (an entity controlled by the Company’s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors) pursuant to which the Company agreed to sublease a portion of its Miami, Florida corporate headquarters to Subtenant. The term of the sublease agreement is from August 1, 2016 to September 29, 2018, subject to earlier termination upon written notice of termination by the landlord or Sublandlord. Throughout the term of the agreement, Subtenant shall pay to Sublandlord fixed base rent and operating expenses equal to 50% of Sublandlord’s obligation under its primary lease agreement, resulting in monthly base rent payments ranging from approximately $7,500 to $8,000 per month, for a total of approximately $200,000 for the total term of the sublease agreement.
PATENT LICENSE AGREEMENT
On March 29, 2012, the Company, as licensee (the “Licensee”) entered into an exclusive patent license agreement with the Executive Chairman of the Board and Balance Holdings, LLC (an entity controlled by the Executive Chairman) (collectively, the “Licensor”), whereby the Company agreed to pay a royalty of 10% of the gross profits received by the Company from commercial sales and/or use of two provisional patent applications, one relating to an inductive charging parking bumper and one relating to a process which allows multiple EVs to plug into an EV charging station simultaneously and charge as the current becomes available.
On March 11, 2016, the Licensee and the Licensor entered into an agreement related to the March 29, 2012 patent license agreement. The parties acknowledged that the Licensee has paid a total of $8,525 in registration and legal fees for the U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61529016 (the “Patent Application”) (related to the inductive charging parking bumper) to date. Effective March 11, 2016, the patent license agreement, solely with respect to the Patent Application and the parties’ rights and obligations thereto, was terminated. The Executive Chairman of the Board agreed to be solely responsible for all future costs and fees associated with the prosecution of the patent application. In the event the Patent Application is successful, the Executive Chairman of the Board shall grant a credit to the Licensee in the amount of $8,525 to be applied against any outstanding amount(s) owed to him. If the Licensee does not have any outstanding payment obligations to the Executive Chairman of the Board at the time the Patent Application is approved, the Executive Chairman of the Board shall remit the $8,525 to the Licensee within twenty (20) days of the approval. The parties agreed to a mutual release of any claims associated with the patent license agreement. As of December 31, 2016, the Company has not paid nor incurred any royalty fees related to this patent license agreement.
On December 23, 2014, in connection with the closing and as a condition to the closing of the securities purchase agreement, the Company entered into an amended and restated employment agreement with its then Chief Executive Officer, Michael D. Farkas. The amendment provides that Mr. Farkas shall have a salary of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) per month. However, for such time as any of the Aggregate Subscription Amount is still held in escrow, Mr. Farkas shall receive Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) in cash and the remaining amount of his compensation: (i) shall be deferred; and (ii) must be determined by the compensation committee of the Company’s Board of Directors to be fair and equitable. Additionally, beginning on the date that the Aggregate Subscription Amount is released from escrow and continuing for so long as the Series C Convertible Preferred Stock remains issued and outstanding, Mr. Farkas’ salary shall only be paid in cash if doing so would not put the Company in a negative operating cash flow position.
On March 24, 2015, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Ira Feintuch to serve as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer for an initial three year term renewable annually unless written notice is provided 60 days prior to the renewal term. In consideration thereof, Mr. Feintuch is to receive an annual salary of $250,000 and shall participate in all benefit programs of the Company. In addition, Mr. Feintuch will receive 1,000,000 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, 1,500 shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and 1,500,000 shares of common stock. The stock awards are payable 50% upon the signing of the employment agreement and 50% upon the one year anniversary of the employment agreement. The total fair value of the stock awards was $1,750,000, of which $875,000 was recognized immediately upon issuance and the remaining $875,000 will be recognized over the one year service period. The Company estimated the fair value of the common stock and Series C Convertible Preferred Stock based on observed prices of sales and/or exchanges of identical securities within the last six months. The Company estimated the fair value of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock based on observed prices of sales and/or exchanges of similar securities within the last six months. In addition, options to purchase an aggregate of 1,495,665 shares of common stock held by Mr. Feintuch with exercise prices ranging from $1.00 to $1.46 per share had their expiration dates extended to March 24, 2018, such that the value of modified options on the modification date was an aggregate of $192,147, which was $47,536 higher than the value of the original options on the modification date. As a result, the Company recorded option modification expense of $47,536 during the year ended December 31, 2015.
Effective July 24, 2015, the Company amended its employment agreement with Mr. Michael D. Farkas, such that Mr. Farkas was appointed the Company’s Chief Visionary Officer and shall no longer serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Farkas will continue to serve as the Company’s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The employment agreement had a four month term. The amended employment agreement specified the following: (i) in the event of a sale of the Company within one year of July 24, 2015, Mr. Farkas shall be entitled to receive an incentive payment equal to 1% of the gross sale price; (ii) in satisfaction of amounts previously owed to Mr. Farkas, the Company is to issue 4,444 shares of Series C Convertible Preferred stock valued at $400,000 (of which, as of December 31, 2015, 4,000 shares had been issued and as of December 31, 2016, the remaining 444 shares had been issued by the Company); and (iii) all outstanding options and warrants shall vest immediately.
On July 29, 2015 (the “Effective Date”), the Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Michael J. Calise to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to which Mr. Calise will be compensated at the rate of $275,000 per annum. In addition, Mr. Calise will be entitled to receive (1) 3,584,400 options with an exercise price of $0.70 per share, (2) 1,588,016 options with an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (3) 26,422 options with an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (4) 287,970 options with an exercise price of $2.00 per share and (5) 1,500 options with an exercise price of $3.00 per share. The option quantities were derived from a percentage of the total options and warrants outstanding on the Effective Date (the “Underlying Instruments”) and can be adjusted downward on a pro rata basis as a result of an expiration or amendment of the Underlying Instruments. Each of the options shall vest and become exercisable at the rate of 25% of the total number of shares on the twelve (12) month anniversary of the Effective Date and 1/16 of the total number of shares each quarter thereafter on each quarterly anniversary of the Effective Date, however, no option shall be exercisable prior to the exercise of the Underlying Instruments. The options shall have a four (4) year term from each of the respective vesting dates. The option grant requires stockholder approval of an increase in the number of shares authorized to be issued pursuant to the Company’s equity incentive plan. Pursuant to ASC 718, the options are not deemed to be granted until stockholder approval is obtained. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had not obtained stockholder approval and, accordingly, (i) the options are not considered outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and (ii) the Company accrued approximately $152,000 and $55,000 of compensation expense related to the contractual obligation to issue options which is included within accrued expenses as accrued issuable equity on the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
In addition, Mr. Calise will receive a signing bonus consisting of (i) 220,588 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $75,000 and (ii) a $25,000 cash payment. Within thirty (30) days of Mr. Calise’s acceptance of this position, Mr. Calise and the Board of the Directors will mutually set the Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”) for Mr. Calise’s annual performance bonus. Mr. Calise will be initially eligible to receive an annual performance bonus in the amount of $100,000. Any entitled annual performance bonus shall be payable in January after the end of each year, and awarded for meeting the KPIs mutually set by Mr. Calise and the Board of Directors for the prior calendar year. Mr. Calise and the Board of Directors will meet at the beginning of each calendar year for set the KPIs and the annual bonus amount for that calendar year. Mr. Calise may receive an additional bonus in the form of cash and/or stock, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, or pursuant to one or more written plans adopted by the Board of Directors. Mr. Calise is entitled to paid time off of 20 days per annum. Upon termination by the Company other than for cause, death, disability, or if Mr. Calise resigns for good reason, Mr. Calise will be entitled to: (i) a lump sum payment equal to nine (9) months of salary, then in effect, (ii) a prorated annual performance bonus, (iii) reimbursement of COBRA premiums for a period of (12) months and (iv) (9) months of accelerated vesting with respect to Mr. Calise’s then-outstanding equity awards. In addition to the preceding termination benefits, if Mr. Calise is terminated three months or less prior to, or upon, or within twelve months following a change of control, Mr. Calise will be entitled to accelerated vesting of then-outstanding equity awards ranging from an additional three months up to 100% acceleration of vesting. The Company and Mr. Calise expect to resolve the options and KPI bonus due to Mr. Calise pursuant to his employment agreement prior to the closing of the Registered Offering.
On April 2, 2015, Nissan North America (“Nissan”) notified the Company of the termination of the joint marketing agreement with the Company as a result of the Company’s material default of the agreement in 2015. As a result, Nissan notified the Company of its intent to repossess the 31 uninstalled fast chargers currently held at a third party facility that had a carrying amount of $462,552 and was included within other assets and deferred revenue on the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2014. The parties reached an agreement on July 23, 2015 that Nissan would take possession of 28 uninstalled fast chargers held at the third party facility, at which time the amount included within other assets and deferred revenue was written off.
On May 19, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement to purchase 15,000 chargers over three years pending: (i) the submission of a purchase order for 15,000 chargers to be delivered in a mutually agreed product delivery forecast, (ii) the payment of an initiation fee, as defined, (iii) sign off on a mutually agreed product schedule and (iv) a three year delivery forecast. The value of the chargers in the aggregate is in the range of $10.3 million to $16.5 million depending on model and ordering quantity of respective model. On June 26, 2015, the Company paid the initiation fee of $83,000 in full.
The Company has not filed its Federal and State corporate income tax returns for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015. The Company has sustained losses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015. The Company has determined that no tax liability, other than required minimums, has been incurred.
The Company is also delinquent in filing and, in certain instances, paying sales taxes collected from customers in specific states that impose a tax on sales of the Company’s products. The Company has accrued a $139,000 liability as of December 31, 2016 related to this matter.
The Company is currently delinquent in remitting approximately $244,000 of federal and state payroll taxes withheld from employees as of March 31, 2017.
LITIGATION AND DISPUTES
On July 28, 2015, a Notice of Arbitration was received stating ITT Cannon has a dispute with Blink for the manufacturing and purchase of 6,500 charging cables by Blink, who has not taken delivery or made payment on the contract price of $737,425. ITT Cannon also seeks to be paid the cost of attorney’s fees as well as punitive damages. The parties have agreed on a single arbitrator and are working to schedule the arbitration. The Company contends that the product was not in accordance with the specifications in the purchase order and, as such, believes the claim is without merit. The parties have agreed on a single arbitrator. The arbitration hearing is currently scheduled for February 6, 2017 through February 8, 2017. The parties delayed the arbitration hearing until May 10. The parties began initial depositions in February and will continue into the first week of March. In parallel however, the parties had settlement discussions on February 28, 2017. As of March 27, 2016, a term-sheet with settlement features was offered by Car Charging to ITT in stock valued at $175,000. The amount of shares will be determined and priced on the day of closing of our contemplated public offering. For this, ITT would relinquish to Car Charging all of the remaining inventory of the EV charging cable assemblies originally valued at $737,425. Typical stock restrictions and/or stock bleed out agreements may be imposed affecting the final settlement figure.
On April 8, 2016, Douglas Stein filed a Petition for Fee Arbitration with the State Bar of Georgia against the Company for breach of contract for failure to pay invoices in the amount of $178,893 for legal work provided. The invoices have been accrued for in the periods in which the services were provided. The Company has responded to the claim and is simultaneously pursuing settlement options. The parties failed to settle after numerous attempts. On February 15, 2017, the case was brought to the Georgia Arbitration Committee. On February 26, 2017, The Stein Law firm was awarded a summary judgment for $178,893. The Company may appeal the decision and/or offer stock and/or cash in exchange for the awarded judgment at a later date.
On May 18, 2016, the Company was served with a complaint from Solomon Edwards Group, LLC for breach of written agreement and unjust enrichment for failure to pay invoices in the amount of $172,645 for services provided, plus interest and costs. The invoices have been accrued for in the periods in which the services were provided. The Company has responded to the claim and is simultaneously pursuing settlement options.
From time to time, the Company is a defendant or plaintiff in various legal actions that arise in the normal course of business.
350 GREEN, LLC
350 Green lawsuits relate solely to alleged pre-acquisition unpaid debts of 350 Green. Also, there are other unpaid creditors, aside from those noted above, that claim to be owed certain amounts for pre-acquisition work done on behalf of 350 Green solely, that potentially could file lawsuits at some point in the future.
On August 7, 2014, 350 Green received a copy of a complaint filed by Sheetz, a former vendor of 350 Green alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment of $112,500. The complaint names 350 Green, 350 Holdings LLC and CCGI in separate breach of contract counts and names all three entities together in an unjust enrichment claim. CCGI and 350 Holdings will seek to be dismissed from the litigation, because, as the complaint is currently plead, there is no legal basis to hold CCGI or 350 Green liable for a contract to which they are not parties. As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, an amount of $112,500 is included in accounts payable of 350 Green. The parties held a mediation conference on May 15, 2015, but no settlement was reached. The Company settled with Sheetz in principal on February 10, 2017 with the formal documentation being signed on March 1, 2017. The settlement involved a combination of DC charging equipment, installation, charging services, shared driver charging revenue and maintenance for two systems in exchange for no further legal action amongst 350 Green, 350 Holdings or the Company.
On September 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Chicago, Illinois affirmed the ruling of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the matter of JNS Power & Control Systems, Inc. v. 350 Green, LLC in favor of JNS, which affirmed the sale of certain assets by 350 Green to JNS and the assumption of certain 350 Green liabilities by JNS. On April 7, 2016, JNS amended the complaint to add the Company alleging an unspecified amount of lost revenues from the chargers, among other matters, caused by the defendants. Plaintiff also seeks indemnity for its unspecified costs in connection with enforcing the Asset Purchase Agreement in courts in New York and Chicago. The parties concluded their efforts to mediate a settlement before Magistrate Judge Kim without achieving a settlement. Settlement discussions are ongoing between the parties. The matter was heard in a status hearing on March 22, 2017, at which time the judge has continued the matter for further status on April 28, 2017, in which she will put the motion in her queue for ruling but it’s unlikely to have a decision by April 24, 2017.
On May 12, 2016, the SEC filed a complaint with the United States District Court in the Central District of California wherein the SEC alleges that an attorney who previously served as securities counsel to the Company was involved in a fraudulent scheme to create and sell seven (7) public “shell” companies. The SEC’s complaint indicates that one of the shell companies, New Image Concepts, Inc. (“NIC”) was the subject of the Company’s December 7, 2009 reverse merger, wherein following the merger, NIC was renamed Car Charging Group, Inc. The Company is not named as a defendant in the SEC’s complaint and, based on internal review and discussions, there were and are no continuing affiliations between any employees, directors, or investors of the pre-merger shell company and the Company. The Company has determined that no current or past employees of the Company were involved with the former shell company and it does not expect any additional actions to be necessary with respect to this matter.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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